The Superman launch-abort system works yet again.
In the new film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which hits theaters across the United States on Friday (March 25), the Man of Steel swoops in during a launch emergency and delivers the crewmembers of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from apparent certain death, as the highly anticipated movie's trailer shows.
Ten years ago, it was a space shuttle that needed saving. In 2006′s "Superman Returns," NASA for some reason attempts to launch a shuttle from atop a jumbo jet in midair - and also allows reporters to fly aboard the plane, to get an extra-juicy scoop. (Space shuttles did ride carrier jets in real life, but only while being transported from place to place; on space missions, the orbiters launched vertically, from the ground.)
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This novel liftoff strategy goes awry in the 2006 movie, and Superman saves the day, as he is wont to do: He sends the shuttle on its orbital way, and prevents the jumbo jet from crashing into a baseball stadium in New York City. If you missed it, here's a clip: